Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Carabella Vineyard 2005 Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Carabella Vineyard is a 49 acre vineyard in the southeast side of Parrett Mountain in the new Chehalem Mountains AVA in the North Willamette Valley. Winemaker and geologist Mike Hallock picked this area because he believe the climate and well-drained volcanic soil of this region was perfect for producing great Burgundian style Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyard is farmed sustainably using no herbicides and pesticides.

Mike’s 2006 Chardonnay uses the Dijon 76 clone Chardonnay grape that is known to produce wines of elegant complexity. This wine has a lemon gold color. The nose presents a tropical fruit aroma. At the first taste of the wine you will discover tropical fruit overtones, minerality, citrus, and a hint of hazelnut. The crisp minerality provides a “Burgundian” quality. It is ready to drink now or over the next couple years. I would suggest serving this wine with salmon or trout, but it will also go well with most seafood.

In addition to the Chardonnay, Mike Hallock also produces a crisp Pinot Gris and a selection of Pinot Noir. He also have a late harvest Pinot Gris.

For more info: Carabella Vineyards

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